Monday, December 05, 2005

Look for terrorists, not weapons

The TSA is allowing knives four inches and less in length and common tools, e.g., screwdrivers, less than seven inches long, onboard airplanes. Reinforced cockpit doors now make these items less of a threat. Flight attendants, though, protested.

In addition:

Passengers may be selected randomly for additional screening. These searches will be conducted without regard to race, age, gender, religion or nationality. They will be very straightforward for passengers but will add complexity and an element of unpredictability for those who wish to circumvent our system. By design, travelers will not experience the same search every time they fly. These searches may include:
o Explosive screening of shoes
o Hand-wanding of passengers
o Pat down
o Carry-on bag searches

Which is all fine and good but at the end of the day, we should also be profiling people. Cliff May at the Corner had a memorable response:

I’m reminded of something I heard from an Israeli security expert: “We do it differently than you do. You look for weapons. We look for terrorists.”

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